Self Guided – Algarve – Mountains to Sea

Beginner / Intermediate level, minimum 2 people

Mountains to SeaThis GREAT VALUE 7 night holiday offers you the opportunity to explore the unspoilt west Algarve beginning in the hills of the Serra de Monchique – the heart of the Monchique bio park. You stay at the historic spa centre of Caldas de Monchique (famous for its waters since Roman times). From here you have the opportunity to cycle around the hills before heading to the historical town of Aljezur.

The town lies just inland from the sea but in the Cape St Vincent Natural Park and for the remainder of your holiday your routes are all within the Park. You have a day to explore the coastline here before you head south to Carrapateira where you cycle the magnificent Pontal headland before travelling to Cape St Vincent (considered by the Romans to be the ‘end of the world’) and the port of Sagres. From here you cycle the southern margins of the Park exploring unspoilt beaches and the standing stones (3,000BC) of Monte das Amantes before finishing at the coastal town of Lagos.

You cycle on a mixture of quiet country roads and good tracks, busy main roads are avoided wherever possible and so are steep hills.

Included in this holiday
• 7 nights in small 3 -4 stars hotel (or equivalent) in a twin / double room with en-suite facilities & breakfast
• transfers to and from Faro airport or arrival point in the Algarve
• luggage transfers
• Bike rental, a cross trail bike with mixed tyres suitable for both asphalt and good dirt tracks, helmet, pump, repair kit, water holder and large (3l) water proof handlebar bag
• route notes & maps plus information on the area

Back up support is always available.

Not included
• flights
• holiday insurance
• 7 lunches
• 7 dinners

Cost per person and dates
October – March: 640.00 euro
April – June & September: 725.00 euro

Single room supplement: 140 euro

Single transport supplement (if only 1 person travelling): 100 euro

This holiday can start on any day of the week to suit your personal travel arrangements

Itinerary
Day 1 – arrival in the Algarve and transfer to the old spa centre of Caldas de Monchique. Overnight Caldas de Monchique.

Day 2 – a circular ride around the foothills of Picota to the village of Alferce, there are stunning views down to the coast and over the foothills, you also have the chance to visit Monchique town, 25km. Overnight Caldas de Monchique. (All on surfaced roads with some climbs.)

Day 3 – your route takes you westwards along a quiet road which offers wonderful views again down to the coast to the mountain village town of Marmalete and then you drop down to the old historic town of Aljezur with famous Moorish castle, 37km Overnight Aljezur (all on surfaced roads with a few gentle climbs)

Day 4 –a circular ride through the back roads to the town of Odeceixe and its famous beach (considered to be one of the 7 wonders of Portugal) then through the countryside to Rogil where you can visit the tiny nature reserve of Esteveira perched on the cliff tops before returning to Aljezur, 48km Overnight Aljezur (all on surfaced roads, one short climb)

Day 5 –today you ride south from Aljezur to Carrapateira where you make a circular tour of the beautiful Pontal headland with its stunning cliffs before setting off to the old town of Vila do Bispo, 41km Overnight Vila de Bispo (one real climb, half the day on surfaced road and half on good tracks)

Day 6 – a circular ride today that takes you along part of the Rota Vicentina to the most south westerly point of Europe, Cape St Vincent. From here your route takes you along the penisula to the old fishing port of sagres and its famous fort before returning to Vila do Bispo along the Eco Via, 30km. Overnight Vila do Bispo (relatively flat, half the day on good tracks and half on surfaced road)

Day 7 –For your final day you continue along the Eco Via to the fishing village of Salema and then your ride takes you through the wetlands of Budens. You ride back to the coast through the resorts of Burgau and Praia da Luz before ending at the historic coastal town of Lagos, 32km. Overnight  Lagos (a few gentle climbs, most of the day on quiet roads with a small section on a good track

Day 8 – transfer back to your departure point.

Mountains to Sea - Cycling tour

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